Rai, a former Kerala cadre IAS officer who worked in Thiruvananthapuram where the temple is situated, said the task of auditing the property of country's richest temple is not going to be easy.
"I am honoured to take it up. It is a Supreme Court order and amicus curiae has suggested my name. I am of course, very humbled because the task ...it is going to be difficult task. It is not going to be easy," Rai said.
"With all sincerity I will take up the task," he said.
In its interim order yesterday, the Supreme Court had said that Rai will supervise special audit of property of temple.
The apex court order came after issues of financial irregularities and mismanagement were reported by amicus curiae --senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam.
A bench comprising Justices R M Lodha and A K Patnaik also constituted a new temple administrative committee headed by District Judge, Thiruvananthapuram.